Country: Méntrida - Spain
Comando G founders Daniel Landi and Fernando Garcia met studying oenology in Madrid. Bonding over their mutual love of wine, the two found themselves working in similar areas of Spain’s Sierra De Gredos mountain range; Danny at his family vineyard, Bodegas Jimenez-Landi and Fernando at Bodega Marañones.
They were drawn to the windswept and almost abandoned Sierra de Gredos terroir – high altitudes, freely draining soils, as well as a mild and relatively humid climate. Though not an easy terroir for winemaking, Daniel and Fernando wanted to explore to the mountainous terrain, determined to refine the area’s traditionally “workhorse” Garnacha grape into their own unique product.
They gained access to Gredos’ older vineyards by spending time consulting with and gaining the trust of older winemakers in the area, usually by drinking beer with them in local bars. Some of these winemakers were in their 80’s or 90’s, hoping to continue their legacy but without anyone to pass their vines on to.
Dani and Fernando love Toronto. During one fateful visit, they enjoyed beers at Burdock Brewery, wine at Pearl Morissette and belted out Karaoke at the Gladstone Hotel. Dani is an avid rock and roller, with fans including wine critics Luis Gutiérrez of Robert Parker.